Meg is an environment and planning lawyer with qualifications in environmental science as well as a Masters in international and environmental law.
Meg's work primarily involves environmental and planning advice in the context of major infrastructure and property developments, commercial transactions and ongoing advice to government bodies, industrial sector and property clients. A significant component of Meg's practice involves working with clients to obtain project approvals and rezoning of land through councils, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and Planning Panels Victoria.
Meg's experience includes:
- Retail & residential planning – Meg acts on an ongoing basis for Woolworths to obtain planning approvals for the roll out of the Masters stores in Victoria, including in relation to the initial 11 fast-tracked Advisory Committee hearings. Meg acts for Dacland and Places Victoria in relation to growth area residential and town centre developments. She also advises Grocon, APN Outdoor and QIC on planning approvals for developments.
- Wind Farms – advising several wind energy companies on planning and environmental approvals associated with the development of wind farms in Victoria and compliance arising in relation to operating projects.
- Contamination advice – advising Arrium, Orica, Ford, Kraft and other large industrial clients on contamination issues and redevelopment opportunities on former operating sites in Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Tasmania.
- Water – Meg regularly advises Melbourne Water in relation to Melbourne Water's role as a drainage and floodplain management authority, in the context of growth area residential development and high density development along waterways.
- Environmental approvals – Meg advises industrial sector clients such as Transpacific, Arrium, Holcim and Hillview Quarries on environmental approvals required for industrial emissions, quarries, waste facilities, the import and export of hazardous wastes and on related enforcement and prosecution proceedings.
Meg regularly advises various government bodies including: Melbourne Water on issues related to its role as a Referral Authority under the Planning Schemes and its statutory powers under the Water Act; Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) on its native vegetation offsets credit trading regime; VicRoads on environmental liability and risk issues; and Places Victoria on the environment and planning approval issues and conditions of contract associated with the divestment of its greenfields estates.
Areas of Expertise
Recent News & Publications
- Client Update - 15 May 2015
- Focus - 17 March 2015
- Focus - 17 October 2014